NRA Bans USCCA from Exhibiting at Annual Meeting

Looks like things have gone from cold war to hot war between the NRA and USCCA.  USCCA announced today in a press release that the NRA has banned USCCA from the NRA Annual Meeting, informing them of this decision only two weeks before the meeting is to begin.  In prior years USCCA has had a very substantial presence at the NRA Annual Meeting.

I can also make the observation that despite the fact that I’m an NRA Life-Benefactor member, and have been a Life Member and NRA Instructor for more than two decades, since I’ve begun to do work with USCCA I can no longer get speaking opportunities at NRA events, the NRA Store has ceased carrying my book (The Law of Self Defense, 3rd Edition), I can no longer obtain media credentials for the NRA Annual Meeting, and our efforts to secure a booth at the NRA Annual Meeting for ourselves could not get a phone call or email returned.  All of these were routine activities that occurred with no difficulty prior to my association with USCCA.

I’ve never had any communication from the NRA about any of this–they’ve just done it. Rather passive-aggressive. Sad.

In my opinion this move makes the NRA look terribly defensive, and suggests that they themselves believe their own offerings are not well-positioned to compete with those of USCCA. These acts of explicit hostility to other reputable members of the self-defense and gun rights community is also a disservice to that community and the NRA’s purported mission as an organization for civil rights advocacy.


[4/21/17: Headline was updated to make clear that USCCA is apparently banned from exhibiting, but not banned from simply attending, the NRA Annual Meeting.]

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Andrew F. Branca is a Massachusetts lawyer and the author of the seminal book “The Law of Self Defense, 3rd Edition,” available at the Law of Self Defense website (autographed copies available) and (paperback and Kindle), and many other re-sellers. Andrew just launched his latest product, the LOSD Instructor Program, designed for gun safety, marksmanship and tactical strategy instructors. Be an elite member of the self defense community, understanding your state's self defense laws to a depth even lawyers rarely achieve. Check it out here.   Andrew also gives live, in-person, ~5 hour-long state-specific Law of Self Defense Seminars all over the country. Click here to find a live seminar covering your state's self-defense laws.   Andrew also produces many 4-5 hour online, on-demand state-specific Law of Self Defense training courses. These online classes are enriched versions of the live, in-person state-specific Law of Self Defense Class Andrew gives all around the country. Click here to find an online course for your state. These online classes are priced at $249/HOUSEHOLD. You can learn more details and view the first section of the training class for free (about 30 minutes worth of self-defense law training) by clicking here.

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